KEYNOTE: "INOCENTE" A Discussion and Film About the Importance of the Arts in Education

Wednesday February 5, 2014
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Room TBD

Concern is voiced from many quarters that the national obsession with test-taking has blunted students' creativity. Success in the workforce frequently requires creative problem-solving skills that can be encouraged through arts-based educational practices. Join us for an informative panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Monique Chism, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, U.S. Department of Education, focused on a number of innovative approaches to integrating the arts into the curriculum.

Attendees will hear a variety of perspectives from research, state, district, and school leaders from California and Arizona, as they discuss aligning local, state, and federal policy to support arts education in achieving Title I goals. Audience participation is encouraged during this insightful grand finale.

We will close the session with a showing of the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary "INOCENTE," a story about one girl's journey to overcome insurmountable challenges, graduate from school and pursue her dream of becoming an artist. “INOCENTE” is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.

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At-Risk, Cultural Diversity, Effective Programs